Home Contact Us Stadia Pix Articles All About You Riders to Remember
DVDs Books Pictures Archive Dream Teams Programme Generator
16/04/2018
Ivan Mauger
Photographs
 
15/04/2018
Opening Nights: Shawfield
Kiwis Overseas Final - 1997
Your Feedback
 
08/04/2018
Alf Kaines
Kiwis Overseas Final - 1996
Plus Points
Your Feedback
 
01/04/2018
Laydowns Killed the Spectacle
Kiwis Overseas Final - 1995
Plus Points
Your Feedback
 
25/03/2018
A Night to Remember
Kiwis Overseas Final - 1994
Plus Points
Your Feedback
 
15/03/2018
Book Review: Bert Harkins
Kiwis Overseas Final - 1993
Plus Points
Your Feedback
 
03/03/2018
Leningrad Visit Britain
Kiwis Overseas Final - 1992
Plus Points
Your Feedback
 
24/02/2018
90th Anniversary Celebration
Kiwis Overseas Final - 1991
Plus Points
 
18/02/2018
It's All About You: Richard Goodwin
Kiwis Overseas Final - 1990
Your Feedback
 
11/02/2018
Where Were They Then?
Kiwis Overseas Final - 1989
Plus Points
Your Feedback
 
04/02/2018
Track Pix: UFA
Kiwis Overseas Final - 1988
New Book: Bert Harkins Biog.
Your Feedback
 
28/01/2018
Mythbusters
Kiwis Overseas Final - 1987
Your Feedback
 
21/01/2018
It's All About You: Colin Hodgson
Plaque for Road Bikes
Kiwis Overseas Final - 1986
Plus Points
Your Feedback
 
14/01/2018
Riders to Remember: Wal Morton
Kiwis Overseas Final - 1985
Your Feedback
 
07/01/2018
It's All About You....Paul Davey
2018 NZ Championship
Kiwis Overseas Final - 1984
Plus Points
Your Feedback
 


Future Track Star and a Nervous Journalist
By Philip Dalling

Speedway's spotlight, quite rightly, usually falls upon the riders, the ones who take all the risks to entertain the fans.

Although crowd numbers have diminished alarmingly, with promoters as benefactors, sponsorship and TV money (and, it has to be said, higher admission prices) filling the gap left by declining gate revenue, the regular fans still play a vital role in speedway.

I recently came across an interesting photograph (reproduced courtesy of Long Eaton Public Library) of a group of (mainly young) Archers supporters. The fans are posed behind a coach which appears to have halted for a refreshment stop en-route to a major meeting.

The fact that the coach has large photographs of Anders Michanek and Ray Wilson in the rear window suggests the fans were on their way to Wembley for the 1967 World Final, for which the two Archers riders had qualified.

Several of those who are pictured, who still attend Long Eaton reunions, were involved at the time in cycle speedway. One of them went on to have a distinguished speedway career in his own right.

No doubt eagle-eyed Speedway Plus readers will have no difficulty spotting the star rider-to-be. No prize, I'm afraid, for the right answer, but hopefully readers will leave some feedback.

While on the subject of reunions and other social events, no apologies from me for submitting the second photograph, which appeared in Speedway Star at the time.

Taken at the Pavilion Hotel behind the grandstand at Long Eaton, I believe in the early months of 1967, it shows the panel assembled by Ron Wilson to answer questions from supporters before the start of the new season.

Pipe-smoking Ron is pictured chairing the panel, with Norman Storer and Norman Hunter as the rider representatives. On the far right is myself, then working as a reporter for the Long Eaton Advertiser.

Predictably, with a promoter and two popular riders in attendance, the questions coming my way were few and far between. For the most part my role was the eternal one of trying to explain why the national press neglected speedway racing.

The glass in front of me, which appears to be empty (?), had probably contained a stiff gin, to settle the nerves caused by appearing in such distinguished company.

 

This article was first published on 16th February 2014


 

  • Chris Cooper:

    "Alan Molyneux? Was looking at the lad drinking from a can in centre thinking Norman Hunter but he would surely have been riding himself as the pic of Ray Wilson would suggest that being the same era."

  • Klaus Schwab:

    "I think it is Arnold Haley in the front row."

  • Bob Bath:

    "Reckon the future star is Alan Molyneux in turtle neck sweater"

  • Dom Delia:

    "Must be Alan Molyneux"

    [ Use Mobile Version ]
     

     

    Comment on this Article | Contact Us | Go Back to Main Menu

  •    Please leave your comments on this article or on the site as a whole